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nealdudash
08-14-2009, 10:28 AM
So, after browsing this site and others, I decided to buy a ukulele. I walked into my music store and bought a Santa Rosa baritone uke.

The problem is, I did not want a baritone. And I did not realize until I got home that it was, in fact, a baritone.

I read some sites that said I can put gCEA strings on a baritone, so I just bought these:
http://www.juststrings.com/aqu-abuk.html
Are they okay?


Also, can I play the songs that are on this site (under lessons) with a baritone uke with these strings? Or will I have to tune differently, or play different chords?

THANK YOU!

SailorQwest
08-14-2009, 11:56 AM
With those strings you should be ok. Tune to gCEA and you can play along with the lessons just like a smaller Uke. A baritone is larger than other Ukuleles so the frets are further apart and the are usually louder.;)

ihavenotea
08-14-2009, 01:16 PM
Welcome to UU! Glad you are here.

DoctorUke (http://www.doctoruke.com/) has lot's of his stuff available with Baritone Tuning. Check out the links marked "BAR" in his beginners page (http://www.doctoruke.com/beginners.html).

You can use the fingurings for gcea tuning and things will still work out; you will just be playing the song in a different key from what is listed. When working by yourself, not too much of a problem, but you will want to pay close attention to what chord you are actually playing.

For example, if you see an F chord fingering for gcea tuning and you play that you will actually produce a C chord.

It does make it hard to play along with Aldrine's videos, but there is nothing wrong with playing a baritone.

Do you know much music theory? it will help keep all this straight in your head. Otherwise, it can get a little confusing. If you are new to chord theory, then I would recommend sticking to baritone specific stuff at first to avoid getting overly confused. The rest will come with time. (Lot's more baritone stuff on Doctor Uke's Songs (http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html) page.)

Searching the forums can be a big help. And keep asking questions.

And when you record your first video, post it here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13155). We would all love to see it!


Edit: I see you have new strings. In that case, it looks like you will be using the more common tuning. Much of what I said above is irrelevant.

nealdudash
08-14-2009, 01:25 PM
I have no music theory experience whatsoever, and pretty much no string instrument experience besides a little messing around. I wanted to learn something new to play and the uke seemed very intriguing. I just hope that with these new strings tuned the right way I can have a fairly-normal uke sound and be able to play along to the lessons.


Thanks for the help!

itsme
08-14-2009, 01:40 PM
So, after browsing this site and others, I decided to buy a ukulele. I walked into my music store and bought a Santa Rosa baritone uke.

The problem is, I did not want a baritone. And I did not realize until I got home that it was, in fact, a baritone.
What is the store's return policy? You might still be able to take it back and exchange it, especially if you're willing to "upgrade" by spending a little more.

nealdudash
08-14-2009, 01:54 PM
I am pretty certain that they have a no return policy, but the only other ukulele they had was a Mahalo that looked cheap.

schuermurrman
08-14-2009, 01:57 PM
I would just give them a call and tell them your situation. It never hurts to ask. They might order something in for you, or something like that.

BUUUTT congrads on the uke. No matter what happens you are heading for the land of Ukeness!! Its gonna be fun!! :shaka:

ihavenotea
08-14-2009, 06:43 PM
BUUUTT congrads on the uke. No matter what happens you are heading for the land of Ukeness!! Its gonna be fun!! :shaka:

Indeed! It is going to be awesomeness all over the place.

nealdudash
08-14-2009, 08:57 PM
so, basically when i get these strings it's going to play and sound the same as a standard uke but the frets will just be farther apart, correct?

Citrus
08-14-2009, 10:51 PM
so long as you have it tuned high G C E A it'll work just like it (your current strings might even be able to pull that off) low G is an alternative that you find in a lot of music. Would you like some informative links to tablature and lessons for uke beginners?

nealdudash
08-15-2009, 09:15 AM
so long as you have it tuned high G C E A it'll work just like it (your current strings might even be able to pull that off) low G is an alternative that you find in a lot of music. Would you like some informative links to tablature and lessons for uke beginners?

yes, please

ihavenotea
08-15-2009, 09:28 AM
yes, please

Uke School (http://www.ukeschool.com/) is great to really easy you into things gently. It has a lot of good beginner information and some great little play-along sections set up to teach you to strum and your first three chords. Neat site.

I really like Doctor Uke's (http://www.doctoruke.com/) stuff. His songs all have inline fingering. They make a great resource for learning new chords, as you don't have to pull out a chord chart. He has a beginner's section (http://www.doctoruke.com/beginners.html) and a nice set of exercises under his theory & practice section (http://www.doctoruke.com/theory.html) (which are quite suitable for the advanced beginner).

The Ukulizer (http://www.ukulizer.com/show_files.php?dir=english&title=English+ukulele+songs) is awesome. Be sure to set the tuning appropriately (gcea tuning is "C" tuning). There are both easy and hard songs there. Browse around.

UkuleleTonya has an awesome little PDF here (http://ukuleletonya.com/files/beginner_lesson_pkg.pdf).

I also like to suggest picking up a copy of Rise Up Singing (http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Up-Singing-Group-Songbook/dp/0962670472). It isn't ukulele specific, but it has tons of songs (1,200 or so) it is fun to flip though and just try different things. It is an awesome book. Once you can play three chords you can play all sorts of stuff from that book.

Also, there is a very nice, very comprehensive listing of Aldrine's lessons here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7224).

Enjoy!

ihavenotea
08-15-2009, 09:33 AM
Oops. Forgot to mention this totally awesome thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3854).

Mog
08-16-2009, 10:37 AM
the Doctor Uke's link is great, thanks. I've just spent my Sunday evening singing my way through half the songs!

ihavenotea
08-16-2009, 05:43 PM
the Doctor Uke's link is great, thanks. I've just spent my Sunday evening singing my way through half the songs!

Awesome! it is so fun to just plow through a bunch of songs. I love doing that (that is what I love about Rise Up Singing; you can easily just spend a couple hours flipping and playing based on your whim).